George N. M.

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    Blacksmthing, camping, hiking, historical reenactment

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  1. George N. M.

    Four of Something

    A few observations which may help with analysis (and, no, I can't say with any certainty what they are except to say that they kind of look like the female end of a pintle hinge but they seem too hefty and unworn for that): 1) They appear to be very heavy duty and designed to carry a pretty heavy load. 2) assuming that they are magnetic I would guess that they are either an industrial forging made of steel or are made of cast iron. Maybe a spark test would help. 3) I don't like the tubing/pipe support hypothesis because they seem to be too heavy duty to support the weight of any fluid which could be transported in a pipe or tube the size of the hole. Also, generally, brackets and supports attach to the pipe in someway at the site of mounting the bracket. These would have to be threaded on from the end. 4) There appears to be no wear on the surface of the objects which means that they are either brand new or used is such a way that there is no exterior wear. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand"
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    Purpose, Profit, or Potential?

    Maybe sociologists, psychologists, or black smiths can reduce an employee's or an employer's motivations to a few categories but I'm skeptical of the validity of this exercise. As previously mentioned motivations can be very complex for either individuals or organizations. There is such variation that even if the categories are broad enough they become meaningless. It may be interesting to contrast organizations which, by necessity, are motivated by profit and those which are not such as various non-profits (some large such as some hospitals, REI, or USAA) and governmental organizations. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
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    How do you stay cool ?

    OK, now everyone go back and convert any degree measurements mentioned to degrees Kelvin. No matter what scale is used we all have to be careful of not getting overheated and there are times when it is just too XXXX hot to go near a forge, even unfired or turned off. Cool drinks, breeze, and shade are our friends.
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    Purpose, Profit, or Potential?

    I think that as an employee if you have enough profit purpose becomes the primary reward. I have stayed at jobs which payed less than I might have made elsewhere because I enjoyed what I was doing and where I was doing it and who I did it with. Also, where you are doing something can be part of the reward. You may take or stay in a job that you would otherwise leave because it allows you to be in a particular place. You may want to be close to family, someone with whom you are in a relationship, or someplace where you may indulge your non-work passion such as skiing, opera, ethnic food, or anything else. I guess that I am saying that there is more to it than your 3 suggested values. Also, from an employer's stand point it depends on what type of employer is involved. By definition, a soulless corporation will be only concerned with profit while a sole proprietership may be motivated by something else, even, (dare we say it) altruism. GNM "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
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    How do you stay cool ?

    If you are somewhere where the humidity is low realize that you can get dangerously hot without getting wet from sweat. The sweat evaporates fast enough that you never get "sweaty." Drink when you are not thirsty but make sure you have some electrolite input.
  6. George N. M.

    Attached garage shop

    Some years ago a guy I know was using a propane forge in an attached garage with all the doors closed. His wife found him on the floor between the forge and the door to the outdoors. Luckily he was still alive but he had to spend a nice long time in a hyperbaric chamber to get the CO out of his system. Not a fun experience. Personally, I would vent a propane or coal forge to the outside either up through the overhead attic or out a window using 90 degree bent stove pipe. All in all, I'd prefer a detached shop but sometimes that is not an option.
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    Bronze sword casting

    Question: It appears that the area that you are hammer hardening is pretty narrow, maybe 2-3mm. How did you decide on that width? Or are you taking several passes along the edge so that your total hardened area is wider than the area between the metal pieces in your jig? Nice set up, by the way.
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    Just a comment about the advisability of forming an Limited Liability Company (LLC) or a closely held corporation: In the US the advantages and disadvantages as well as cost and difficulty will vary from state to state. So, talk to a local attorney who has experience in business organizations. Not all lawyers have the right expertise. Also, the State Secretary of State's Office which is the office which usually handles business organizations and registrations may have good information on its website. Remember, what you are doing is creating a new legal person/organization to take the liability from a natural person (you). If you do this you will need to keep the two entities separate, including financially. So, if you sell something the check needs to be to X, LLC or X, Inc., NOT to you personally. You can, of course, later write a check from the LLC or Corporation to yourself for the amount of the sale. If you buy something and pay for it out of your pocket you need to have the LLC or Corporation reimburse you so that the item becomes the property of and an asset of the LLC or Corporation. It is more of a hassle but that is part of the cost you pay for liability insulation. The downside of not doing this is that if you are sued the Plaintiff can claim that the LLC or Corporation is just a sham and you are really just a sole proprietor with personal liability. The legal phrase for this is "piercing the corporate veil." So, talk to an attorney in your home state who has business organization expertise and understand the benefits and problems of the various sorts of options available to you. George N.M. Colorado Attorney Reg. #16972
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Another possible source of wrought iron is old farm machinery. I'd bring a battery powered grinder to do a spark test on a cloudy day or at twilight.
  10. So, a truncated cone made of pvc pipe draped in fabric. Right? What size do you hypothecate? Maybe 12-14 inches high?
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    Two suits of Armour

    One of the ways to tell if a piece of armor is authentic or a reproduction decorator piece is how functional it is. For example, are the elbow pieces made of multiple pieces which allow for the maximum range of motion or do the just sort of look right but don't move well. Or, on the shoulder pieces (called "pauldrons") are the little domed things rivet heads which once held a leather or fabric lining or are they just dimples. If the latter, it is probably just for decor. Also, how thick the metal is is a clue. If it seems tinny or kind of thick it is probably not old. I agree that the pics posted do not depict authentic medieval or renaissance armor. The helm, in particular, does not have "the look." The vertical vision slits would not be very functional. Also, is there any sign of where straps or other means of attaching the armor to a person? If not, it is decorator.
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    Grandpa's Arm & Hammer Anvil

    Dear Sluicebox. The reason that grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they share a common enemy. (The generation between)
  13. For demos I have sometimes used a medium sized machinist's vice attached to the heel of the anvil with a bolt up through the hardie hole to secure it. It's not ideal because it cuts down on the available work area of the anvil and eliminates using hardie tools. However, at demos I am usually making small items which do not require the whole anvil or the use of a hardie. One advantage is that the vice is secure and the mass of the anvil and stand keep it from moving. Frosty, I agree about the torcs but haven't yet come up with an alternative that I like. I often have a neck form around which I wrap with a shawl and attach both a penannular brooch and a torc to show how they are used/worn. I'm not sure I quite understand or am able to visualize your suggested display with cloth and an armature. Do you mean a T or cross shaped upright armature with cloth draped over it and items attached to the cloth? Sketch of photo? I do like having items, particularly jewelry, displayed loose so that people can easily pick an item up an examine it and/or try it on. I always have a hand mirror available so that they can see how something looks on themselves. I like the suggestion of foam rubber mats for events on asphalt or concrete. I use them on my shop floor and they are good on my knees and feet. For events where you are set up in a row of booths I like to have a sign that hangs out into the traffic flow so that people can see it as they approach. Just make sure that the bottom of the sign is at least 6 1/2 feet above the ground so that people or you do not whack their heads on it. A whacked person is seldom a buying customer. Oddly enough, I can often predict how much I will gross from the predicted attendance. At large SCA events I usually gross about $1 per attendee. So. if an event has about a 1000 people attending I will sell about $1k in goods. I'm less sure about mundane craft fairs, farmers' markets, Celtic events, etc. but I suspect that the ratio of sales to attendance is lower.
  14. Something that I have used for years for tools, coal, goods, etc. are military surplus wooden ammunition boxes. They have rope handles on the ends and once you sand off the military information stencils and slap some stain/paint on them you have very rustic/period storage boxes that are built to stack and can be used as stools, benches, or a small work surface. Also, draping your folding table or other intrusive objects such as a cooler or plastic bins with fabric is excellent camoflage.
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    Bronze sword casting

    Yes, the ore chemistry of tin and copper is very different (IIRC, my geochemistry and ore deposition classes were about 50 years ago). I have always wondered how the idea of alloying together two very different metals, one pretty uncommon (tin deposits are less common than copper) came about.